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The Cycling Europe Podcast: Episode 036 – Maike Brinksma – The Amazon Of Europe Bike Trail

Maike Brinksma is an athlete, academic, environmental activist… and cyclist, from The Netherlands. In the summer of 2021 she will be one of the first people ever to cycle the ‘Amazon of Europe Bike Trail’. She talks to the podcast about her plans to explore the riverine landscapes of the Mura-Drava-Danube UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. She also reflects on the joys of being a Dutch cyclist. (Or is she?) Plus: Caroline Burrows, the Bristol-based Scottish poet and cyclist, recounts her experiences of cycling to work in her short story ‘False Flat’.

Episode 036: Maike Brinksma – The Amazon Of Europe Bike Trail

Maike Brinksma is an athlete, academic, environmental activist… and cyclist, from The Netherlands. In the summer of 2021 she will be one of the first people ever to cycle the ‘Amazon of Europe Bike Trail’. She talks to the podcast about her plans to explore the riverine landscapes of the Mura-Drava-Danube UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. She also reflects on the joys of being a Dutch cyclist. (Or is she?) Plus: Caroline Burrows, the Bristol-based Scottish poet and cyclist, recounts her experiences of cycling to work in her short story ‘False Flat’.

EuroVelo 19: The Meuse Cycle Route

I cycled a bit of this way back in 2010. It was an impressive, if rather damp, section of the route to southern Italy, my version of the EuroVelo 5. The EuroVelo 19, coming in at around 1,000 km is a manageable length and takes in cycling through three countries; Belgium, Luxembourg and France. Here’s a new video from the European Cyclists’ Federation to promote the route.

The Cycling Europe Monologues: “If Someone As Inept As Me Can Do It, So Can You”*

In recent episodes of The Cycling Europe Podcast you have been able to listen to a diverse range of monologues that have been recorded by listeners to the podcast who have a story to tell. And the four that have appeared have been rather good. Laura Massey-Pugh kicked things off in episode 32 with her plans to break the world record for cycling around the globe on a tandem bike; in episode 33 Robin Watkins reflected on his cycle across Czechia a few years ago; Laurence Warren spoke about cycling on Austria in episode 34 and in the most recent episode – number 35 – Simon Garland looked back rather comically on his experiences of cycling the length of the Rhine.

Cycling Route 66: Under The Sun

If you live in the north of England, you don’t have to travel far to get to Route 66. The other Route 66 that is; the cycling one. In my part of the north – West Yorkshire – it’s the Calder Valley Cycleway and follows the Rochdale Canal. With friend Craig, I spent much of today cycling in a loop from home to Ripponden, up the hill to Batings Reservoir and then down the other side of the Pennines to Littleborough where we hooked up with the Rochdale Canal.

Cycling Focus Switches To The Tour De France

With one of cycling’s three Grand Tour’s now behind us in 2021, it is time to look ahead to what is on the horizon and with the Tour De France back in its more familiar timeslot this year, we cannot look much further than events in and around Paris this month. After the 2020 edition of the Tour was threatened by the still ongoing threat of COVID-19, it was eventually staged across August and September and although it had a rather difficult look and feel to it, there was no shortage in drama.